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What is the best way to start a healthy lifestyle or weight-loss plan?

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Mind games

Make sure your mind is in the right place before you start. If you aren't really ready, all your efforts won't matter. Also, take a before photo of yourself and put it somewhere prominent. That is the best motivation! emoticon

- Submitted by ELDRIDGEH 3/19/2014 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Not a secret

Water. I started working out and water is the key. no if ands or buts about it half your bodies weight or more water water water

- Submitted by SLIM234 8/22/2013 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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moving is succeeding

Cutting grass or walking the dog......etc etc anything is better than the couch or buffett table I challenge anyone to cover their couch for a week, month, as long as tou want and see how mucj you get done and exercise more because of it .....if you absutely feel you need that small cone you been craving ...well walk to it .......no car keys .....good luck everyone

- Submitted by NVRDWN88 8/20/2012 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Office workout

I keep 3lb weights in my office so I can stretch, etc. when I feel myself getting sleepy at the computer.

- Submitted by TRAVELER37 1/12/2012 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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Get sick

Not that I'd really recommend it but sometimes the kick in the butt you need is to get really sick. I got sick recently to the point of almost dying and my body pretty much made me start trying to get healthier. Its even rejecting some unhealthy things like pop from it. I used to drink at least a can or two a day and now I've not been able to drink pop in almost a week. I've been literally craving water and having to drink non-stop because I get so dehydrated every few hours.

- Submitted by SARINA1978 9/27/2011 in Getting Started | 3 Comments

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Water chillied and measured for success

When I first started SP I thought 8 glasses of water a day was a ton. I learned that if I use 600ml water bottles and have 4 ready in the fridge I could more easily find success. One big water bottle was overwhelming and got warm. I aim for 1 bottle at each meal and one for snack time. emoticon

- Submitted by JODIRICHARDS 3/28/2010 in Getting Started | 1 Comment

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Jump

Just do it. It sounds very Nike, I know, but that's what it really comes down to. Just start

- Submitted by THENEWK8 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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Gradually Reduce Calories

Don't try to do everything all at once. I knew that cutting my calories drastically would sabotage my efforts. So I tracked my normal eating for two weeks and then gradually reduced calories and increased water each week until I was used to eating within my calorie range.

- Submitted by BWCAGRL 3/26/2010 in Getting Started | 2 Comments

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How to stay on course!

Get familiar with all of the tools on Spark and USE them!!! Never stop using them and be active on the message boards!!! Be sure to join teams that fit your needs, not JUST because they look like fun.

- Submitted by CHICKFORCHRIST 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments

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I NEVER thought I would be able to drink ALL that water. I NEVER drank water. I drank lots of diet pop.

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So I started adding ice to keep it cold like soda and then I started sipping it through a straw. (It goes fast & saves lipstick.)
It worked like magic: 1 soda in 11 months!

- Submitted by MAURAK 3/25/2010 in Getting Started | 0 Comments
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